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ISS Research Complete Whey Power

February 12th, 2009 No comments
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ISS Research Complete Whey Power

The Claim

“…comprised of the highest quality whey protein powder and mixes instantly and tastes fantastic!” –ISS Research

Protein Highlights

  • 18g protein per scoop, 45 scoops per jar
  • no sugar/aspartame
  • low fat (1.5g total fat per serving)
  • low lactose
  • partially pre-digested whey peptides

What’s All This Actually Mean

The Complete Whey Power is a mixture of whey concentrate (WPC) and whey isolate (WPI).

What really sets ISS Research apart is that the whey isolate – the fast acting protein portion – in this powder is a hydrolysate protein.

This means the whey has already been partially broken down into a form that’s easier for your body to use. In this case, pre-digested doesn’t mean anything nasty, just that various enzymes already went to work for you.

When taken post workout, this powder is going to hit your muscles very fast and very efficiently because of this hydrosylate process.

The other main component of this powder, the whey concentrate is also very low in fat and lactose.

No More Chugging Down Protein Clumps?

ISS Research really worked on the mixability for this protein. Yeah, you’ll get better results from using a blender (still looking for a perfectly mixable protein, btw), but it’s one of the better mixing protein powders out there. It will dissolve without leaving any traces in your drink.

Flavor

The ISS Research Complete Whey Power has good flavor. The vanilla and chocolate flavors aren’t too strong. The other fruit flavors like banana and strawberry taste like ice creams.

The Bottom Line

An easy mixing combination of high quality whey concentrate and whey isolate processed with some kickass technology. Easy on the taste buds and stomach, fast hitting to your muscles. ★★★★☆

NOW Whey Protein Isolate

February 13th, 2009 No comments
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NOW Whey Protein Isolate

Protein Highlights

  • 25g per scoop, 72 scoops per jar (5 pound)
  • Cross-Flow Microfiltered whey protein isolate
  • low fat (.6g)
  • low cholesterol

What’s The Deal?

This is a good whey isolate, and a very affordable one at that! It has been extracted using the Cross-Flow Microfiltered process (CFM).

CFM is a way of producing whey protein isolate that has little fat, but retains the molecular fractions – like glycomacropeptide – that give whey many of it’s health properties. Basically, it makes the resulting protein isolate keep the good but separates out as much of the bad as possible.

This process also keeps the whey at stable temperatures and pH which means less denatured proteins, more calcium, and more amino acids – a higher quality end result all around.

The NOW isolate contains Lactoglobulin, a-Lactalbumin, Immunoglobulins, and Glycomacro Peptides.

Day to Day Usage

Designed for easy mixing. This protein will not leave a gritty mess behind. No real problems here. This is a good whey to just throw in your shake and forget about it.

Flavored with stevia to drop the sugar count, but still provide sweetness. The flavor is good, if a little on the subtle side. This is not necessarily bad though.

The Bottom Line

A good whey isolate at an amazing price. ★★★★☆

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Nature’s Best Zero Carb Isopure Whey Protein Review

April 13th, 2009 No comments

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Nature's Best Zero Carb Isopure Whey Protein


The Claim

Nature’s Best set out to create a product that didn’t hide anything from its customers.

Does it Deliver?

Ingredient numero uno is Ion Exchange Whey Protein Isolate. Isopure is going to act fast and digest quickly – this is a fine post workout protein.

Funnily enough the label lists a serving as 2 scoops, when you’ll normally only use 1 scoop for 25g of protein. Keep that in mind or otherwise you’ll burn through this fast!

Low Carb, Low Fat

For one flavor (dutch chocolate) there’s only 110 calories per real serving – definitely puts this in the low carb category. There’s no sugar in here, 2g of fiber, so the total carb count is a negligible 3g.

The other flavors have a label claim of 0 carbs.

I am a little curious how the other flavors use dried berry powders as flavorings, but add no carbs. I think it’s probably due to the sucralose used as a sweetener which would allow for the fruit to be negligible, but still add colorant and flavor.

If you don’t like artificial sweeteners this isn’t the protein for you. But when you go into the low carb category they are the norm.

Lots of Extras

A real plus for Nature’s Best Zero Carb Isopure is the addition of lots of vitamins and L-Glutamine. That will really help if you’re supplementing Glutamine anyway, and if not, it’s going to help muscle recovery and workout endurance.

The powder is also instantized so if you’ve only got a shaker cup you’re good to go. It will of course work well in a blender, too.

It’s sold in 3 and 7.5 pound containers. At the prices you find online, this is definitely a great buy – especially the 7.5 pound tubs. If you’ve never bought it before, don’t start out with that much though. But if you need it…wow, the tubs are giant.

The Bottom Line

Great price on a whey protein isolate. Nature’s Best also throws in vitamins and glutamine in this low carb protein.★★★★½

Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein Protein Review

May 13th, 2009 No comments

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Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein Protein


What if you could gain muscle while sleeping?

It might not make sense, but…

a slow digesting protein can be great for you.

It’s not obvious at first, especially when you’re used to getting protein to your muscles right after a workout. That’s a great time to start promoting muscle growth, but the window of opportunity is small.

What if there was a way to trickle in the muscle building protein over a few hours? If you’re sleep 6-8 hours a day, why not make that time as anabolic as possible?

Enter Casein Protein

Unlike whey protein which your body can quickly absorb, casein protein takes much longer to absorb. We’re talking hours here.

Casein is pH sensitive – this means that when it hits your stomach, it combines together into a gel that is harder to digest. Most other proteins start to break apart in the stomach acid though.

Once it hits your digestive track, it’s going to be slowly broken down and absorbed over time. So as you sleep, your body will keep getting protein.

What’s In It?

ON has a great profile on this casein. 24grams per scoop, with a killer amino acid composition. It’s also very calcium rich owing to it’s two types of casein proteins – one of which is calcium caseinate.

Only 1 gram of fat.

I’m a fan of ON – I like their flavors and protein quality. I’ve never been let down by getting gassy or indigestion from them either.

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking to add a good nighttime protein, this is the place to start. ★★★★☆

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Universal Nutrition Ultra Whey Pro Review

April 10th, 2009 No comments

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Universal Nutrition Ultra Whey Pro


Protein Makeup

Universal Nutrition uses a proprietary protein blend called the Pure Whey Protein Blend. It’s a combination of whey isolate, whey concentrate, and whey hydrolysates.

By volume, the whey concentrate makes up most of the protein in this product.

The whey concentrate is made of a fairly standard peptide grouping, with an emphasis on the Glycomacropeptides (GMP) section. In some studies, GMP has been shown to basically make you feel full after eating protein. It could be effective in post workout appetite control.

The whey isolates and whey hydolysates will be digested quickly by your body. It’s a decent blend that Universal Nutrition has.

Fat/Carb Makeup

Pretty standard profile here. 1.5g total fat, 3.5g total carbs.

Other Ingredients

The label has 2 other points of interest: Glutamine Peptides and Acesulfame Potassium (Ace K).

I’m all for including glutamine in a whey protein – it helps recover your muscles faster, getting you ready for the gym sooner. Unfortunately the actual amount of glutamine per serving is not listed, so I wouldn’t use it a sole glutamine source.

As for the Ace K artificial sweetner, well, I’m not a fan of it’s taste. Some people are really against it, but to cut the total carbs down to 3.5g a serving you’re going to have use artificial sweetners.

The Bottom Line

There’s nothing wrong with this whey, but it’s not a stand out either. The whey fractions are solid and they’ve also thrown in glutamine peptides. If you can get a good deal on it, sure, go for it. ★★★☆☆